Direct from Vancouver Aquarium with Ocean Wise
Live with Spark Series: Live Taxonomy Workshop

Direct from Vancouver Aquarium with Ocean Wise

Streaming live from Vancouver Aquarium with Ocean Wise Book Workshop
Alberta Curriculum Connections

Gr. 9 Biological diversity

Biology 30

British Columbia Curriculum Connections

Gr.9 Life Science

Gr.11 Life Science Students

Important note

This workshop will include discussion around sexual reproduction in aquatic species.

This program is designed for Grades 9-12

Downloadable PDFs

Worksheets will available for all registrants

Make a splash with a live taxonomy workshop!

This exciting virtual workshop is in partnership with Vancouver Aquarium and Ocean Wise. Streaming live from Vancouver Aquarium's wet labs, experience a 60-minute exploration into one of the world’s most diverse ecosystems. Can you tell the difference between an urchin and an anemone? Paddle through taxonomic techniques, dissections and live intertidal critters to gain a better understanding of the almighty tree of life.

What's Included

  1. Live Interactive Q&A in Vancouver Aquarium's wet labs with marine experts from Ocean Wise
  2. Downloadable Worksheets
  3. Exploration of four important marine invertebrate phyla: Cnidaria, Mollusca, Arthropoda, Echinodermata
  4. Discover species interactions, phylogeny, taxonomy, and conservation efforts
  5. Live interactive Q&A with student questions


  • When: March 4, 2021
  • Time: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM (MST)
  • Where: Zoom (Link will be shared after registration)
  • Price: $5 per household, $100 per class
  • This program is offered to both in-class learning and at home-learning


The workshop begins with introducing the students to Phylogeny (the study of relationships among different groups of organisms and their evolutionary development), before introducing a range of live intertidal animals. During the program, the phyla come to life through a combination of artifacts, squid dissection and live coastal marine invertebrates. Students will be encouraged to participate in group discussions around the challenges these animals and our oceans are facing as well as brainstorming direct actions students can take to help affect change, including the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup and Ocean Wise Sustainable Seafood.

Deep plunge into the Pacific Ocean

Discover the species that call the ocean home.

Book Workshop